1968 Pontiac Firebird Coupe 350 V8 Automatic
Used 1968 Pontiac Firebird
White Plains, NY
1968 Pontiac Firebird Coupe 350 V8 Automatic. Originally 265hp 350/2bbl w/Powerglide transmission car. Open diff with 2.73 speed. Original Verdoro Green, black vinyl top, A-C, standard black interior. The body of the car is the most solid I have ever seen on a first gen F-body. Trunk, quarters, floors, doors, etc. all appear to be original with no signs of rust repair. The rear quarter drop downs have all their original plastic plugs even. Floor pans are super clean and have original factory green paint overspray. Starting with a solid platform, I began a serious makeover. Interior: Interior was almost entirely gone through and updated. I covered the floor pans and doors with Dynamat sound deadener. Headliner was in attractive condition, but I installed a new dome light with LED conversion. Recovered the package tray and installed new 6x9 speakers. I cleaned and greased all the window regulators and lock mechanisms so they all work like butter. Install new driver’s latch mechanism as the latch was broken and missing parts. Put down new carpet and matching “Firebird” logo floormats, pedal pads and stainless pad trim. New gauge cluster housing and lens, HVAC control lens and all dash and center stack lamps converted to LED’s. Tuner knobs and bezels all replaced too. RetroSound radio installed in factory position. New 3.5” dash speakers and sub box with Rockford Fosgate 10” subs and amp. Console was completely taken apart and repainted. New shifter cable. Changed all the fake woodgrain over to black. All new shifter handle, display lens, backing plate, etc. Shifter mechanism cleaned and greased – works like new. New front seat covers, foam, side arm covers and chrome adjuster knobs. Seat tracks cleaned, painted and greased so they adjust smoothly. New rear seats covers and underlayment. The door panels were all still in nice shape so they just got a thorough cleaning. All the chrome and aluminum bits throughout the car were all polished. Turn signal cam and associated parts were replaced. And the final piece is a new Momo leather-wrapped steering wheel plus adaptor. Suspension/Brakes/Wheels: The entire front clip was removed. All the suspension components and subframe itself were powercoated satin black. Sub-frame and core support changed to solid aluminum mounts. All new urethane bushings and in the suspension. All new brake and fuel kit front to rear. New 1.25” solid front sway bar + poly end links. New KYB shocks front and rear. New 2” dropped rear leaf springs. Front springs are the originals. New CPP 12” slotted/drilled front disc brake conversion kit with 2” dropped spindles, master, booster, propeller valve, braided stainless lines and new calipers. The rear brakes are all new replacement parts (shoes, wheel cylinders, etc.) on the factory drums. Installed new 18/20” Coy’s C5 wheels and tires purchased direct from Coy’s. New AGR super-fast ratio steering box and pump. All the front ball joints and tie rods are new. Tie rods have solid billet adjusters. Rear end gear recently updated to 3.73 speed, new bearings and seals. Housing was cleaned and painted. Body/Exterior: Everything in the engine compartment is painted and/or powdercoated. Any visible fasteners are stainless. All new wiring harnesses in the engine compartment and trunk. New fuel tank, mounting hardware and sending unit. New front and rear bumpers and hardware. Brackets were powdercoated. All new exterior emblems. New front spoiler and brace kit, license plate bracket. New satin finish wiper blades, antenna, both door handles, driver’s side door mirror and wheel opening moldings. The factory window trim was polished. Window fuzzies and rubber bumpers are new. Grilles were disassembled, sanded and painted a charcoal color. Has the Firebird 400 bumper nose emblem and grille moldings. New front marker/turn signal housings/lenses. New rear marker arrowhead lenses and surrounds. All the brake, stop, turn, marker and reverse lamps have been changed over to LED’s. I converted to a no-load flasher so the signals work correctly. The headlamps are new HID conversions with blacked out background. All the glass is in terrific condition. The side windows are ’68 originals with etched Firebird on them. I wet sanded and buffed the entire car, then glazed the paint with a foam wheel so no spider webs or swirling. So the paint is quite smooth and very reflective. Engine/Trans/Exhaust: The car is intended to be a cruiser so the drivetrain build is mild. Engine was completely rebuilt with all new pistons, rings, bearings, oil pump, etc. The rear main was converted to lip seal vs. factory rope style. Heads and block decked to 9.7:1 CR. I hand ported the factory 2bbl heads to give it a little more airflow. New roller rockers. Mild 218/224 - 0.050” lift duration cam so it has a hint of lope. New sheetmetal fabricated rocker covers which have a tumbled and clear coated finish. New Edelbrock Performer Intake, 670cfm Street Avenger Carb w/electric choke, high flow aluminum carb spacer, billet base HEI distributor, MSD wires, 3” element air cleaner with real carbon fiber lid and aluminum drop base. New aluminum water pump and flow plates adjusted so they are very close to the impeller. New Classic Auto Air A/C conversion kit to replace all the old stuff. Everything on the engine is painted a charcoal high temp color or has been powdercoated. All external fasteners are stainless. New aluminum radiator and electric fan conversion with thermostat controlled on/off. New battery cables, Hooker 4-tube headers, complete 2.5” mandrel bent Flowmaster exhaust. Transmission was swapped to a metric B.O.P. TH350. Completely rebuilt with shift improver kit installed. New cooler lines. Trans was painted the same color as the engine. All external fasteners are stainless. Original driveshaft with new u-joints.
October 13 2018 on USClassifieds4all